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Early photos of Hong Kong people

Submitted by David on Sat, 06/20/2015 - 13:00

Thank you to Martyn Gregory for sharing these old photos of Hong Kong people with us. They date from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.

You can click on any photo to visit its page. There you can zoom in to see more detail, read any notes about the photo, and add a comment if you can tell us anything about the photo.


The first set shows posed scenes of Chinese life. I doubt if the tourists who bought these photos ever saw the scenes in real life, but no doubt they were a good source of stories when they got back home again.

Ah Hop

Submitted by Admin on Sat, 05/16/2015 - 18:18

In the third and last of Mary Unsworth's memoirs, she tells us the sad story of Ah Hop, a Chinese nurse she came to know. Unlike Mary's previous tale of Chow Sing, this one doesn't have a happy ending.


"Ah Hop" by Mary Unsworth, copied from handwritten pages, punctuation as original.